Kanye West has refused to apologise for one of his most infamous moments, interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards insisting that he “has no regrets” about the incident.
The 'New Slaves' hitmaker, who is gearing up for the release of his new album 'Yeezus' next week, infamously jumped up on stage at the VMAs in 2009 as Taylor was accepting her Video of the Year award to declare that “Beyonce had the best video” for 'Single Ladies.'
Kanye West refuses to apologise for interrupting Taylor Swift's VMAs acceptance speech (WENN)
In the aftermath of the embarrassing incident, Kanye issued an apology to the country songstress via Twitter admitting that he was wrong for the interruption.
“I'm sorry, Taylor. We're both artists, and the media and managers are trying to get between us. She deserves the apology more than anyone. Thank you [Twitter co-founders] Biz Stone and Evan Williams for creating a platform where we can communicate directly,” he wrote.
The 36-year-old then continued the lengthy rant in which he accused the media of “successfully painted the image of the 'ANGRY BLACK MAN.'”
Four years after the incident, Kanye has now backtracked on his apology and claims he was the victim of “peer pressure” and only said sorry as those around him believed it was the best thing for his image.
Speaking about Taylor-gate, Kanye told the NY Times: “It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.
“I don’t have one regret. If anyone’s reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now.”
Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs in 2009 (WENN)
He continued: “Yeah, I think that I have like, faltered, you know, as a human. My message isn’t perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.”
The G.O.O.D. Music boss went on to explain that his last album 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' was an album which apologised for all his past wrongdoings, but when asked if he would take back the apology, Kanye replied: “You know what? I can answer that, but I’m — I’m just — not afraid, but I know that would be such a distraction.
“It’s such a strong thing, and people have such a strong feeling about it. “Dark Fantasy” was my long, backhanded apology. You know how people give a backhanded compliment? It was a backhanded apology.
“It was like, all these raps, all these sonic acrobatics. I was like: 'Let me show you guys what I can do, and please accept me back. You want to have me on your shelves,'" he explained.
Kanye will be releasing 'Yeezus' on June 17 in the UK and 18 for American fans. Watch the Taylor stage incident below...
Taylor Swift's MTV VMA %u2013 Kanye dragged up the Taylor-gate incident at his London show over the weekend, so he's clearly still strung up on the youngster's victory. During the concert, his rant about Taylor also linked in with his dislike for the Grammys, linked in with discrimination of his race, linked in with everything else he's angry about.